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    Piazza Cavour

    by sandysmith Updated May 20, 2006

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    Piazza Cavour provides an ancient gateway to the old town (mostly pedestrianised) with San Michele's arch now being used as a church belltower and the Collegiate church of Santa Maria Assunta which has nine marble altars with remarkable altar-pieces by Giuseppe Craffonara (1790 - 1837) and by Giambettino Cignaroli.

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    Rocca

    by sandysmith Updated May 20, 2006

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    The Rocca or fortress (built 1124) was originally Roman but enlarged and altered over the centuries. It is four-sided, with towers, and is set in the lake and connected to the mainland by a drawbridge. In the 19thh century the Austrians turned it into a barracks and it now contains the Civic Museum and Library - we did not visit this as prefer to be outdoors when the sun is shining. Some maintenace work was being made around the moat are which detracted from its overall view. The baby moorhens were cute though :-0

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    Palazzo Municipale

    by sandysmith Written May 20, 2006

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    The Palazzo Municipale is a lovely building and its worth going through the archway at its other end to admire its architectural features such as it tower and staircase adjoining it. The view back through the arch to the piazza also makes a lovely frame to the sqaure.

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    Piazza III Novembre

    by sandysmith Written May 20, 2006

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    Piazza III Novembre itself is partially surrounded by fourteenth century porticoes and tempting cafes to linger in. The Apponale Tower we have already seen is on one side and opposite it are two palaces, the fourteenth century Palazzo Pretorio and the fifteenth century Palazzo Municipale.

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    Apponale Tower

    by sandysmith Written May 20, 2006

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    Apponale Tower

    The Apponale Tower dominates the main square of Riva by the waterfront where the boats dock - Piazza III Novembre. It can normally be climbed via its 165 steps for views over the lake - when bot hazy! Plus during our visit we didn't find it open, I think some maintenance work was being undertaken, any way we enjoyed it from the outside. The tower was first mentioned in town archives in 1273 but almost certainly pre-dates this - being used as a defensive watch tower. Its 34 metre high and houses the town bell called "Renga". (1532). Right at the top isa weather vane with an angel - "Anzolin de la tor" - the symbol of Riva.

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    Just wander...

    by mapakettle Written Nov 5, 2005

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    Since Ma Kettle and I were in Riva for such a short period, we can't speak from experience. We simply walked about within the confines of the old city walls, and took photos of points of interest (to us).

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    Apponale Tower

    by mapakettle Updated Nov 4, 2005

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    Apponale Tower, a stones throw from the harbour

    As mentioned, we had only spent the one night in Riva, and were limited to staying within the ancient walls of the old city.

    We wandered down to the harbour area, and in the center of the piazza, stood the Apponale Tower, 34 meters high, built in the XII century for defensive purposes, primarily as a watch tower overlooking the approach to the seafront.

    At the very top of the tower you will find the famous Anzolin de la tor, a revolving tin angel which has become the symbol of Riva, which we never saw because it was dark.

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    Explore the Lake and it's hidden Gems

    by richstreet Written Sep 29, 2005

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    Book the Lake Tour or take one of the many ferries / katamarans that leave the center of Riva and visit some of the beautiful places on Garda. Limone and Malcesine in the north. Bardolino and Lazise further south. At the southernmost tip of the lake lies the lovely Sirmione.

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    Street scene

    by egonwegh Updated Sep 24, 2013
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    The mountains are never far off in Riva! In this picture, taken on the boulevard along Lake Garda, you can see a cliff rising up right behind the town centre.

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    Have a stroll or relax by the waterfront.

    by Maurizioago Written Aug 13, 2010

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    By the lake there are some nice parks and a beach. This area is the ideal spot to rest or to have a stroll.

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    Museo Civico - a stele

    by egonwegh Updated Jul 10, 2007

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    Riva, Museo Civico, stele

    A robust piece of stone, with inscriptions, an ancient 'stele'. The museum has a couple of these on display together in one room, and this is the largest of them ...

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    Museo Civico - objects in bronze

    by egonwegh Written Jul 7, 2007
    Riva, Museo Civico, bronze objects

    Various objects ('asce, spilloni, pugnali' ...?) in bronze, dating back to the Early and Middle Bronze Age. These were found near Riva and can be admired in the Museo Civico.

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    Castle by the lake

    by meteorologist1 Written Jul 30, 2003

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    Castle in Riva del Garda

    There's a castle by the lake in Riva del Garda. You can get a great view of the lake from the castle.

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    Beach

    by meteorologist1 Written Jul 30, 2003

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    Beach in Riva del Garda

    Great place to have a beach day. There's a huge park along the lake for beach activities. Unfortunately there's no sand, just gravel.

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